#Blogtour The Birthday Mystery by Faith Martin @joffeebook @FaithMartin_Nov @books_n_all

Today I am very happy to be closing the blog tour down for the first book in Faith Martin’s new series, The Birthday Mystery

About the Book

THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY by Faith Martin

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “BIRTHDAYS CAN BE MURDER” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is catering the twenty-first birthday party of a pair of posh twins, Alicia and Justin.

But when she arrives at their parent’s country house, she is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder?

Then just after midnight everyone gathers for a champagne toast. But one of the guests falls down dead.

The police are baffled and there is a whole party full of suspects. But when it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn’t going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect.

Jenny Starling won’t stop until the murderer is found.

This is the first of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother.  Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

My Review

It is always nice to get in at the beginning with a new series, especially from an author like Faith, who’s Hilary Greene books were a nice distraction from the other crime books I have read over the last year.

This new series follows a chef turned amateur detective called Jenny Starling who turns up at a birthday party, which she is catering for, just after a young man has been found dead. She thinks something odd is going on and this is proven correct when the birthday boy also dies and the birthday girl is taken to hospital seriously ill.

To start with the police investigate Jenny herself as they think someone has poisoned them. This leads Jenny to investigate the murders herself and try to find out what happened as it is her reputation on the line.

Overall this book took a bit of time to get into, but it was quite a nice easy read and will look forward to reading the next in the series.

To purchase the book click here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/BIRTHDAY-absolutely-gripping-whodunit-million-selling-ebook/dp/B07L7C6R53/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545311085&sr=8-1&keywords=the+birthday+murder

About the Author

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.  

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